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Exchanging solutions

29 June 2012

The Government has launched a pilot website aimed at running more informed procurement exercises and increasing the number of SMEs able to compete. Firstly there are specific “challenges” posted on the website which ask for solutions to be proposed to a particular initiative. The Government would like to hear of innovative and valuable proposals from SMEs.

Secondly there are “themes” which are broader areas put on the site to allow Government to understand better how their sourcing strategies could work. This would include a company setting out how its products and services could tackle a particular issue.

It is good for suppliers to know that future tenders will be more specific and better informed which should lead to quicker and more robust evaluations. Legally, the Government will need to be comfortable with the amount that it allows individual companies to influence their drafting of specifications which could be seen to give that bidder an unfair advantage.

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